By Richard Parks
Leeds United fans have taken to Twitter to rave about Tom Pearce after his performance for the Under-23s in their 5-1 demolition of Nottingham Forest his afternoon (Friday).
The left-back played a starring role as United’s development team destroyed visitors Forest in the Professional Development League encounter at Thorpe Arch.
Leeds took an early stranglehold on the match through an Oliver Sarkic strike and were 4-1 up at half-time through further goals from Oriol Rey, Adrian Balboa and Paudie O’Connor.
Pearce then put the gloss on a memorable victory with the fifth for the home side midway through the second period to cap an excellent personal display.
Leeds supporters, many of whom watched the match on a live stream, took to social media to rave about the performance of the wide man, 19, who has graduated through the club’s youth team ranks.
Many fans pinpointed Pearce as the star of the show and predicted that he will be the next academy product to graduate into the first team.
Here is a selection of the best messages on Twitter:
Tom Pearce will be the next breakthrough player #lufc
— Olly Wood (@Olly_Wood21) February 9, 2018
Pearce and Clarke are quality players. Definitely worth a loan out to a L2 side minimum. Grot didn’t make too much of an impact and didn’t work hard enough for me… other players stood out more #lufc #mot
— Leeds Realist (@LeedsRealist) February 9, 2018
Pearce, Clarke and Rey absolutely shining in this game. Grot a passenger so far #lufc
— Brandon Yates (@BrandonYatess) February 9, 2018
Tom Pearce. Can the first team hear him knocking on their door?He’ll be banging it down soon. #lufc ????
— Diddlysquat (@markrikko) February 9, 2018
I think we should give that Tom Pearce ago on Saturday I think he could do bits for us #lufc
— Ayrton_Richardson (@BANTERSQUAD0701) February 9, 2018
Tom Pearce looks quality #lufc
— Halifax Whites (@HalifaxWhites) February 9, 2018
Been watching the #lufc u23s for the last number of weeks now and I’m really really impressed with Pearce at left full. Looks very good on the ball, plays with confidence, and has incredible dead ball delivery. Just picked up a goal for himself in the match today too.
— Leic (@LeicArch) February 9, 2018
Tom Pearce – who’s reportedly had an absolute stormer – scores #lufc‘s fifth of the afternoon. Wow.
— Lucas Monk (@LucasMonk_) February 9, 2018